About the Providers

Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina is a full-service dermatology practice dedicated to providing comprehensive skin care, including general medical dermatology, skin cancer surgery, MOHS Surgery for complicated skin cancers in cosmetically challenging locations, as well as cosmetic services.

Dr. James M. PoloDr. James M. Polo

Dr. James Polo graduated from the United States Naval Academy and attended the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, earning a Doctorate of Medicine. He completed his Dermatology Residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. He was stationed as a dermatologist at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune for seven years. During that time, he served as Chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Specialty Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General. Dr. Polo is Board Certified in Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a member and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery.

Dr. Sean J. MurphyDr. Sean J. Murphy

Dr. Sean Murphy graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 and earned his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. He completed his Dermatology Residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina, he was Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. Dr. Murphy is Board Certified in Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a member of the American Society for Mohs Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the North Carolina Dermatology Association.

Dr. Scott McClellanDr. Scott McClellan

Dr. Scott McClellan is the primary provider for our Kinston office. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his Dermatology Residency at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California and Dermatopathology Fellowship at University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. McClellan is Board Certified in Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Cynthia A. PoloCynthia A. Polo, M.D.

Dr. Cynthia Polo staffs the Cosmetic Dermatology and Skin Rejuvenation Center. A graduate of Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, she graduated medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Polo has been trained in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and laser surgery and works together with all of our physicians in order to seamlessly integrate cosmetic dermatology with the patient's medical and surgical skincare.

Lauren Cowell, Nurse PractitionerLauren Cowell, Certified Nurse Practitioner

Lauren is a Certified Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri with her Master of Science in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree. Prior to her nursing career, Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Methodist University in 2008, where she played collegiate volleyball. Lauren worked in histology and cytology at Duke University Hospital before earning her Bachelor of Nursing from UNC Wilmington in 2013. As a nurse, she worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Operating Room. In 2021, Lauren joined Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina, as our very first Nurse Practitioner. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Society of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners Association.

Lauren ThomasLauren Thomas, Certified Physician Assistant

Lauren is a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from North Carolina State University and Jefferson College of Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Lauren has worked in emergency medicine before joining the Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina team in 2016. Lauren is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

Catherine PollardCatherine Pollard, Certified Physician Assistant

Catherine Pollard, our Certified Physician Assistant, graduated summa cum laude from Sewane: The University of the South in 2006 and then received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Alabama Birmingham Surgical Physician’s Assistant Program in 2009. She joined our practice in 2010 and provides care to all of our patients in the New Bern, Kinston, Jacksonville and Morehead City offices of Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Jamie Jones, PA-CJamie L. Jones, Certified Physician Assistant

Jamie is a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Jamie obtained her Master of Physician Assistant Practice degree at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. She is an active member of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants and Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Prior to joining Dermatology Associates in 2019, Jamie worked in Lumberton and Wilmington, NC specializing in cosmetic and general dermatology. Jamie is a native of the New Bern, NC area who looks forward to providing exceptional patient care in our New Bern and Kinston offices.

Megan SpezialeMegan Speziale, Certified Physician Assistant

Meg is a certified physician assistant who graduated from University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies master's program. She was recognized by U.F. faculty through nominated induction into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants in 2017. Before joining Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina in 2020, she worked in internal and emergency medicine. Prior to her career in medicine, she was a certified public accountant (CPA) and earned her Master of Accounting degree from UNC Wilmington in 2008 and her B.A. in Communications and Psychology degrees from UNC Chapel Hill in 2006. She is an active member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and has a demonstrated passion for diseases of the skin, hair and nails.

Dermatology Associates of Coastal Carolina

  • Kinston Location - 701 Doctors Dr., Suite F, Kinston, NC 28501 Phone: 252-686-0991 Fax: 252-686-6810
  • New Bern location - 2115 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560 Phone: 252-633-4461 Fax: 252-633-6016
  • Morehead City Location - 3332 Bridges St., Suite 3-B, Morehead City, NC 28557 Phone: 252-622-4378 Fax: 252-622-4659
  • Jacksonville Location - 2145 Country Club Rd Suite 100, Jacksonville, NC 28546 Phone: 910-333-9337 Fax: 1-910-333-8607

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